Reconnect: Linwood Cemetery Tour

Photo of Linwood Cemetery entranceJoin local historian and librarian Richard Greenaway for a tour of Linwood Cemetery on Sunday 20 October from 10am to 12pm Richard will reveal some of the fascinating characters and stories associated with the cemetery. After the tour he will be available to answer questions.

Admission is a gold coin donation and no prior bookings are needed. Meet at the entrance off Butterfield Avenue (next door to Bromley Park on Buckleys Road). The tour is part of the Christchurch City Council/New Zealand Historic
Places Trust Reconnect Heritage experience.

If you can’t make this tour Richard is hosting another on  Saturday 2 November from 10 a.m.-12 noon. The tours are run on behalf of the Friends of Linwood Cemetery – a dedicated group of volunteers who organise working bees to maintain and care for headstones, gardens and paths. Their aim is to conserve the heritage of the Linwood Cemetery for future generations. Their website has lots of interesting information about the cemetery including ANZACs in Linwood Cemetery.

We also have lots of useful Linwood Cemetery information on our website. Join one of Richard’s tours – they are always lively and full of fascinating detail.

Linwood Cemetery tours

pictureOur resident cemetery guru Richard Greenaway (a.k.a The Sexton) will be revealing the fascinating stories behind some of the people buried in Linwood Cemetery with two tours in October and November.

  • Saturday 29 October  ‘Up the hill’
    2pm – 3pm  A talk about the ‘high flyers’ buried ‘up the hill’ in Linwood Cemetery who have shaped our heritage as a community, city and country
    3pm Get help finding the location of your ancestors and ask about the work of the Friends.
    Note:  This tour has been designed for ease of walking although the entrance is steep.Meet at the Information Board in the cemetery near the Jollie St foot-entrance. Some chairs will be available.
    Gold coin donation for the Trust’s operational funds appreciated.
  • Saturday 5 November ‘Meet your neighbours’
    11am – An update on the Trust’s work.
    11.15am – A tour of interesting people which takes you all over Linwood Cemetery pointing out people who were good (or bad) neighbours and nevertheless shaped our community, Christchurch and New Zealand.
    12.30pm – Sausage sizzle and refreshments, or bring your own picnic.
    1pm – Get help finding the location of your ancestors and ask about the work of the Trust.
    Note:   This tour covers a long walking distance.
    Meet at the Linwood Cemetery Car Park, Butterfield Ave
    Some chairs will be available to carry on the tour.
    Gold coin donation for the Trust’s operational funds appreciated.

Richard is running these tours on behalf of the Friends of Linwood Cemetery – a great bunch of volunteers who work and advocate on behalf of the Cemetery. They run working bees, identify work needed in the cemetery and plan awareness raising events. Find out more about what they do and how to join them on their informative website.

Over the years we have built up some great online resources about Christchurch and other cemeteries. Our collection of resources about Linwood will give you maps, cemetery tours and a brief history.

It might not be Pere Lachaise but Linwood is a fascinating and tranquil corner of old Christchurch just waiting to be explored.

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